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BatesNews monthly update: July 2011

For Bates alumni, parents and friends, here is a look back at stories that represent some of the major Bates events and achievements of the past month, important coming events, and a sampling of Bates people in the news.


In this issue:
1. Apples-to-oranges comparison skews college-cost list
2. Slide show: August kicks off with a ‘sound check’ at Garcelon
3. Presidential Search website offers overview, opportunity
4. Clean Sweep raises $16,540 for 13 area nonprofits
5. Video: Lewiston youth summer program founded by Julia Sleeper ’08
6. Margo Linton is the new varsity women’s volleyball head coach
7. Museum exhibits of Wyeth, Maine artists, explore ‘unlimited possibility of drawing’
8. Bates fall weekends offer reunions, anniversaries, exhibits, sports
9. Campus Construction Update: a Roger Bill tour
10. Bates in the News


1. Apples-to-oranges comparison skews college-cost list

An apples-to-oranges comparison of college costs released June 30 by the U.S. Department of Education gives a misleading impression of the true cost of attending Bates.


2. Slide show: August kicks off with a sound check on Garcelon

The August slide show kicks off with a photograph of two Bates Summer Scholars from Maine making sound measurements on Garcelon Field, part of a course on musical acoustics taught by Professor of Physics John Smedley. Summer Scholars are selected from promising first-year students from groups traditionally underrepresented in math and science.


3. Presidential Search website offers overview, opportunity

The comprehensive Presidential Search website features a Presidential Prospectus that gives a compelling overview of the college today and offers the opportunity to nominate or send ideas about the next Bates president.


4. Clean Sweep raises $16,540 for 13 area nonprofits

Clean Sweep, Bates’ green “garage sale” of appliances, furniture, electronics and other goods donated by departing students, raised $16,540 for 13 local nonprofit organizations. A popular community tradition, the sale drew 800 bargain-hunters to Underhill for a win-win-win event for shoppers, the environment and local nonprofits.


5. Video: Lewiston youth summer program founded by Julia Sleeper ’08

Lewiston Sun Journal reporter Bonnie Washuk visits Tree Street Youth, a high-energy downtown summer camp program for underserved youngsters founded by Julia Sleeper ’08, who has worked with Lewiston youth since graduation. She planned the camp after a major Maine foundation stopped its summer-camp voucher program for Lewiston children.


6. Margo Linton is the new varsity women’s volleyball head coach

Bates has appointed former Bowdoin standout, Connecticut College assistant and Andrew College head coach Margo Linton as the 11th head coach in the 45-year history of Bates varsity women’s volleyball.


7. Museum exhibits of Wyeth, Maine artists, explore ‘unlimited possibility of drawing’

Maine Sunday Telegram reviewer Dan Kany explains the power of two drawing-focused Bates College Museum of Art exhibitions by noting that “drawing is an informational tool of virtually unlimited possibility. We use drawings to solve problems and convey ideas to others, not just data but love and humor as well.” The two museum shows are Emerging Dis/Order, featuring drawings by Amy Stacey Curtis, Alison Hildreth and Andrea Sulzer, and Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, offering selections from the private collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth ’01. The shows continue through Oct. 2.


8. Bates fall weekends offer reunions, anniversaries, exhibits and sports

Bates’ two major fall weekends – Homecoming is Sept. 23-24, Parents & Family Weekend Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 — are a great time to visit campus: great weather, exhibitions and discussions, athletic events, and affinity gatherings and reunions galore.


9. Campus Construction Update: a Roger Bill tour

Visitors saw big, bright windows; sage green and rich medium blue walls glowing in the natural light; and generous and varied spaces for offices, lounges, meetings and classrooms for faculty and students. Renovated and expanded for the college’s language programs and Off-Campus Study program, Roger Williams’ aesthetic and functional improvements are a delight.


10. Bates in the News

CNNMoney profiles the innovative group-buying website NumbersPay, launched in May by four Bates students. Alexis Fox ’03, Massachusetts director for the Humane Society of the U.S., tells a newspaper how her animal-rights career path wound through Bates, and the Brownstoner interviews Sam Charney ’01 about major Brooklyn real estate development projects.



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